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Minutes of the SARA Meeting

SARA MEETING MINUTES - May 10, 2006 (Approved June 14, 2006)

Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order by Vice-President Glenn Mauger in the clubhouse on the premises of the Socorro Electric Coop at 7:37 PM.  

Members Present: The members present were Bill Brundage NM5WB, Vern Leavitt KD5UHB, Paula Riley, Kalman Oravecz AJ5B, Sandy Braun KC5YIX, Al Braun AC5BX, David Johnson KB5YIW, Jim Oty WB5GWH, Jon Spargo KC5NTW, Bear Albrecht W5VZB, and Glenn Mauger WB5OAF, a quorum (eleven out of eighteen members).

Approval of Minutes: Minutes of the April meeting were approved as posted.

Treasurerís report: Treasury report was given by Glenn Mauger: The bank account shows $4000.35; there is one check outstanding in the amount of $140. Treasury report was accepted.

Report on Incorporation: Incorporation process: no report; no news since last meeting.

Old Business:

(Spargo) The Mock Disaster in Magdalena went well, particularly with regard to communications from the scene relayed to Socorro General Hospital. It was proved that the MedNet does not work from that area, and that ham radio does. The trailer worked well, and the efforts of operators Bill Brundage (at the hospital) and Glenn Mauger, Bear Albrecht, and Vern Leavitt (in the trailer) and Ed Wood (on scene) were appreciated.

(Spargo) Weather radio for the police dispatch center - We are ready to obtain the receiver and to schedule the installation. Both the Ruidoso and Albuquerque weather broadcasts come in well there; in various parts of the county one or the other is unreadable (or both). This together with the fact that neither mentions Socorro in normal broadcasts brings up the question of which one will carry alerts for Socorro. Probably both should, and an enquiry on the matter is out to Keith Hayes at the Weather Service.

(Spargo et al.) The County's acquisition of the old BLM building was discussed; there will be ample room for an Emergency Operations Center along with the Fire Marshal, Emergency Coordinator, LEPC office, and conference/training facilities. The ARES trailer, which is County property, will presumably be kept in the smaller (and quite ample) of the two garage spaces.

(Johnson) The bike race went off well; many operators turned out and the event supervisors were happy with it. FRS radios were used in a few places, primarily walk-in locations. All received a big thank-you from Matt Perini.

Field Day planning: (Brundage) Clarke Field is reserved and the City has a $50 deposit. (Spargo) We should probably showcase the ARES trailer at Field Day (including the Weather Radio), as well as showing it to the County Commission on some meeting night before Field Day. (Mauger) $200 had been allocated for expenses of installing radios in the trailer; more than that has been spent. Brundage pointed out that ARES is a separate organization from SARA. (Oty) The Datil Well crew (Oty, Johnson, Albrecht) is planning to go out for Field Day and operate at the campground; will use the club's call sign W5AQA as usual, and the crew have their own radios; will be Class 1A. (Oravecz) The Clarke Field crew can use the TARA call sign KC5ORO as usual, and probably operate Class 2A.

(Albrecht) ARES Caps - Gary at Bobbie's Bobbin did a nice job on short notice getting out caps with "SOCORRO COUNTY" wrapped over the ARES logo, all atop individual call signs, and in time for the Magdalena exercise. This was a nice touch and looked sharp. Jon Spargo paid the setup cost, and Bear Albrecht fronted the cost of the caps. Henceforth caps may be ordered for $12 each, plus tax (82.5 cents). That's $4 for the standard blue cap and $8 for the "sewout".

Hamfest planning: Bill Brundage reported on talking with our two primary vendors at the Mesilla Valley event; at least one prefers the first weekend in November; the other didn't care, or didn't know it he cared since he didn't have his calendar with him. This must be decided by the next meeting, to be in time for registering it with the ARRL. Also having our hamfest be a state ARES meeting is a good thing, and in that light it was mentioned that Bill Kauffman has stepped aside as the state ARES head (ARRL SEC). Who is to be the replacement is not yet known. Dave Johnson points out that the end of October gives us, on average, significantly better weather. A motion was made, seconded, and passed to empower the officers to finalize the date and other necessary actions when the Fire Academy availability and ARES matters become clear.

New Business: 

Ezell has estimated $200 to $250 for a heavy-duty aluminum frame for the solar panel for the ARES trailer, not to include any mounting arrangements, discussion of which will continue later.

Elections: The nominating committee reported that the following were willing to serve: Vern Leavitt as President, Glenn Mauger as Vice President, Bill Brundage as Treasurer, and Eric (Bear) Albrecht as Secretary. A motion was made and seconded to accept this slate, and passed unanimously. Terms of office will be until the next election at the May 2007 meeting.

Other business: 

VE session report, inadvertently omitted from the agenda: Kalman Oravecz reported that out of ten applicants, eight new Technician licenses have been issued, one upgraded from General to Extra, and the tenth participant had studied in the past, saw the posters, and came in and almost passed and says he will do it again at the Hamfest. One of the new Technicians is Prescott Grey, KE5IHY, who is already a member.

Adjournment:  There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned at 8:52 PM.

Submitted by Eric Bear Albrecht, W5VZB, Secretary

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